Darren Major

CBC journalist

Darren Major can be reached via email darren.major@cbc.ca or by tweeting him @DMajJourno.

Latest from Darren Major

Flood washes away high school rowing season

High levels on the Ottawa River have forced the Ottawa Rowing Club to cancel this year's high school season — and that means local athletes will miss the national championships.

Federal-provincial legal brawls the new normal in Canada, Saskatchewan premier says

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said legal battles are becoming a normal part of intergovernmental relations in Canada, after Saskatchewan's Court of Appeal ruled that the carbon tax imposed on the province by the federal government is constitutionally sound and falls within the legislative authority of Parliament.

Soy producers want interest-free loans boosted for other crops, industry rep says

The federal government's plan to boost interest-free loans for canola farmers has left Canada's soybean sector wondering when it might get similar help.

Liberal MP Andrew Leslie won't seek re-election this fall

Andrew Leslie, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs and one-term Liberal MP for the Ottawa riding of Orléans, isn't seeking re-election this fall.

Canola producers want fast resolution to feud with China — but are ready to look elsewhere

After Chinese authorities banned two major Canadian companies from shipping canola seed to China, producers say they're hoping for a quick resolution to the dispute — but are prepared to look to other markets.

'Put up or shut up': Liberal MP challenges Philpott and Wilson-Raybould over SNC-Lavalin

Long-time Liberal MP Judy Sgro is calling out fellow caucus members Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, accusing them of targeting their anger and frustration directly at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

City playing catch-up as potholes multiply

This winter's wild weather is slowing the efforts of city crews to fill all those potholes riddling Ottawa's roads.

'Like therapy to me': Afghan vet writes book to help overcome war trauma

When Jocelyn Démétré couldn't bring himself to speak about his experiences in the Afghan war, his therapist suggested writing it down instead. He has now published a book and is using the funds to help other veterans.

Redblacks offence gutted in CFL free agency

The Ottawa Redblacks have lost four offensive starters on the first day of CFL free agency, including quarterback Trevor Harris.

Proposed Orléans towers are too tall, residents argue

People living in Petrie's Landing aren't happy about a proposal to build four new highrises that are much taller than the two they already have.

Royal Canadian Mint cuts 45 jobs in Ottawa

The Royal Canadian Mint is cutting 45 jobs in its Ottawa shop due to lack of collectable coin projects, the Crown corporation says.

IBM did not bid on Phoenix replacement, government says

The company that set up the problem-plagued Phoenix payroll system did not bid on the contract to create a new payroll system, according the the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

IBM not ruled out of the running for possible Phoenix replacement

The company that set up the trouble-prone Phoenix payroll system is not being disqualified from securing the contract to create a new payroll system for federal employees.

'Isolated from reality': MPP calls for school bus cancellation policy review

MPP Lisa MacLeod has penned a letter to the Minister of Education asking for a review of the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority's policies and protocols after school buses were deployed during a winter storm on Tuesday.
POWER & POLITICS

People's Party won't touch social issues but candidates can express opinions, Bernier says

Maxime Bernier says his People's Party of Canada won't touch hot-button social issues such as abortion, transgender rights or gay marriage in its platform, but candidates can express their own opinions on those matters.